A Hungarian television camerawoman who was filmed tripping and kicking migrants fleeing police has been found guilty of breaching the peace.
A judge in Szeged, southern Hungary, said the actions of Petra László triggered “indignation and outrage”, and rejected her defence lawyer’s argument that she was trying to protect herself.
The judge found her guilty and sentenced her to three years’ probation. If she does not reoffend during that period the conviction will be dropped.
In television footage which sparked global outrage, László can be seen tripping up a man sprinting with a child in his arms, and kicking another running child near the town of Röszke, close to the border with Serbia.
The incident on 8 September 2015 occurred as hundreds of migrants broke through a police line at a collection point close to the Serbian border. “I turned and saw several hundred people charging toward me; it was quite incredibly frightening,” she said.
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